Psychics are supposed to be able to predict the future, but Victoria Nicholes, aka “Psychic Lisa,” of New York obviously never foresaw her inevitable arrest after being exposed as a con artist.
Nicholes, 39, allegedly conned a woman out of a total of $62,000 by convincing her she had a “demon” inside of her that needed to be removed.
The victim came to Nicholes back in 2013 to help solve her marital issues, which is when Nicholes "diagnosed" her with being possessed by the demon spirit of a child that her mother miscarried many years ago.
Nicholes convinced the woman that the only way to rid herself of the demon was to cash out for expensive “removal work” and told her that if she didn’t do this “treatment,” her husband would leave her for a younger woman.
According to AOL News, “Psyhic Lisa’s” supposed exorcism required $33,000 — $1,000 for each year of the victim’s life at the time — which was for special candles needed for the ceremony.
She later asked for an additional $30,000 for a Rolex Daytona Everose watch with a black dial because it would “spring back time.”
After the ceremony, the victim believed the demon was gone, however, Nicholes kept asking for money.
She conned the gullible woman out of $2,400 more dollars for a tuxedo so she could “renew her marriage.”
Once the victim became frustrated and realized something was fishy, she hired a private investigator named Bob Nygaard who arranged two “operative stings” that ultimately led to Nicholes’ bust.
She faces charges for grand larceny, scheming to defraud, and fortunetelling — which is considered a crime when used to financially exploit someone based on claims of having magical powers, according to the New York Daily News.
Psychics, palm readers, mediums, and others who claim to have supernatural abilities don’t have the best reputation for being trustworthy.
Yet, there are many people who still believe that certain humans are gifted with the ability to forecast the future and therefore put their trust in them when they need help.
Unfortunately, more often than not, these people who are supposedly “spiritually superior” turn out to just be regular people who have no “powers” other than the gift of gab.
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